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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Family and Group Interventions

Family and Group Interventions

(p.757) 69 Family and Group Interventions
Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging

Roberta R. Greene

Joyce Riley

Oxford University Press

Increased research on the caregiving process has led to rising concerns about its economic, social, and psychological impact. The information garnered has countered practice trends. The burgeoning of information about the impact of caregiving, and the increased recognition that informal caregiving is a typical family experience, has propelled practitioners and theorists alike to seek interventions that might alleviate caregiver stress. Consequently, family therapy and group treatments have become more commonplace. That is, practitioners have gradually adopted or modified traditional family and group clinical social work approaches thought to be effective with the general population for use with frail older adults and their caregivers. By the mid-1980s, a growing interest in caregiver support began to close the gap between what is known about family functioning and clinical practice. This chapter discusses the development and nature of those social work family and group interventions.

Keywords:   caregiving, family interventions, group interventions, social work practice, family therapy, caregivers

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